The Book of Joy helped me to find ways to feel hopeful – while the world seems so unsettled and at times unkind. The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are warm, loving, and very spiritual men who come from completely different spiritual traditions. And they are dear friends who laugh together and tease each other playfully. They came together for a week to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday, and Douglas Abrams documented their visit in this powerful book. Compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude are strong themes throughout. These wonderful and very humble men – who have both suffered great injustices - exude joy and love. We are reminded that we all belong to each other and that no matter how bleak things look, there is always hope. Abrams provides valuable background and scientific information to augment the discussions. This is the most compelling book I have read in a long while.